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What Do You Want?

Knowing what you want and being willing to go after it are very different. Nothing good comes easy and if your desire is better, then you must do what better requires. Many people complain about not having what they want but when you look at their performance track record it lacks ambition. In today's marketplace employees are deceived into thinking they should have promotions and raises without doing the work. Growing up I would face difficult challenges and my father would say, "The difficult is done at once. The impossible takes a little longer." An excellent commitment will yield excellent results.

Some people believe their desires should be automatically granted by whomever has the power to grant them. That would be a no. You are responsible for ensuring your desires are granted by creating a realistic plan, practical steps to achieve that plan, and surrounding yourself with people who can help you achieve your plan. I talk with leaders all the time about their plans then ask them if they have done certain things to bring the plan to fruition. Usually, their answer is "yes I have a plan but I have not done those steps.' In a short time when the plan fails due to poor execution, I am sure to get a call wondering what happened? I reiterate the steps I outlined and then I get silence.

Professionally or personally, you can only have what you want when you are willing to do what is necessary to get it. Willingness involves three inputs; the input of your mind to know what you actually want, the input of your attitude and behavior to motive you beyond obstacles, the input of your mouth to speak positively to manifest your desire. If you do not practice these three things consistently, your desire will be delayed or denied. For example, in coaching I listen to people destroy their credibility with their self-inflicted language. I remind them to expect nothing of merit because they say nothing of merit. These self-fulling prophecies go on for years, even decades because the people refuse to change their language regarding their destiny.

Then there are those who refuse to do things differently, but expect a different result. I weighed 417 pounds when I got married. I made a decision to take off weight, not drastically, but in modifying my lifestyle and eating behavior. I have lost over 120 pounds and 50 pounds short of my goal weight. I wanted change and I changed. I did not expect other people to change for me. The process has not been easy, but I stick to the plan to get the results I desire. I have taken practical steps and surround myself with people who help motivate me to keep going. If you know what you want you can have it. However, it will require you to do things that are challenged and even uncomfortable. Your mindset must change. Your vocabulary must change. Your attitude must reflect where you want to go, not where you currently reside. Use your words to propel you toward your destination and soon you will be there enjoying the fruit of your lips.

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